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Shorts 4: Documentary – In Motion

  •   Various
  •   Bhutan | Germany | Switzerland | Ukraine | United States

These short documentaries offer singular looks into lives that have been transformed by pivotal events. Featuring works by Mila Zhluktenko, Daniel Asadi Faezi, Sean Wang, Jon Siskel, Kevin Jerome Everson, Claudrena N. Harold, Arun Bhattarai, Francesca Scalisi, and Mark Olexa.

Displaced by war, Ukrainian children make a former military barrack their playground in waking up in silence (Germany, Ukraine). Nǎi Nai & Wài Pó (U.S.) is a moving portrait of an elderly pair, their quirky rituals, and their strong sentiments for life. The community of Highland Park, Illinois, commemorates those who lost their lives in the Independence Day shooting of 2022 in Memorial (U.S.). In Accidental Athlete (U.S.), Paulette Jones Morant recounts her athletic journey at the University of Virginia in the 1970s. Mountain Man (Bhutan) chronicles Phuntsho Tshering and his annual sacred journey to the Himalayas to track the movement of the glaciers. The poetry of the passage of time is seen on the faces of the elderly and in the voices of a youth choir in A reflection (Switzerland).

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Special Guests

Scheduled to attend: Memorial director Jon Siskel and artist Jacqueline Von Edelberg


Documentary Program Sponsors

Logo: WTTW (2019)Cynthia Stone Raskin

Event Information

Saturday, October 21, 2023

  •   90 minutes
1500 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60610 United States



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